New York may be the ancestral home of the rooftop bar, but in Miami it takes a whole different vibe.For starters, Miami's sky-high hotspots are open all year. Our rooftop hangouts are for much more than sipping drinks, bar bites and cool breezes—some are full-fledged James Beard Award-winning restaurants with extensive menus, tucked inside historic or modern hotels, and even a parking garage.So next time you walk pass by one of these places, make sure to look up!
Watr at the 1 Rooftop sets the bar high for a lavish lounge and pool setting. With ocean views for days, the Sky Deck, designed to float over the sea, has a Polynesian allure with lush greenery, teak furniture and 100 percent organic textiles. The all-day menu is a delicious combination of sushi, refreshing local greens and mouth-watering desserts.
Wow your special someone from the 16th floor of the beautiful Kimpton EPIC Hotel. The gorgeous Area 31 bar showcases glorious views of Downtown Miami paired with delicious libations and food. The outdoor bar features plush seating and overlooks the EPIC Pool and city skylines. The bar thrives during its popular happy hours such as Throwback Thursdays, with music from the 80s- and 90s-era and Friday's Chase the Clock with well drinks specially priced by the hour ($5 for 5 pm, $6 for 6 pm, etc.) until 11 pm.
Perched in the penthouse of the 11111 Lincoln Road parking garage, Juvia offers a stunning panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. This James Beard Award-winning restaurant for Outstanding Restaurant design features a sleek retractable roof to protect guests from the occasional passing shower. Whether eating in the main dining room or brunching outdoors, Juvia's sophistication does not disappoint.
Atop of the historic North Tower of one of South Beach's most iconic hotels—the Clevelander South Beach, known for its non-stop party scene—is the C-Level Rooftop Terrace. This relaxing oasis with unforgettable views of the Atlantic Ocean and Ocean Drive, offers canopy covered beds, couches and a full bar to people-watch or soak up the Miami sun during the day with one of the its famous frozen drink cocktails.
From the hospitality group behind such famous nightlife destinations as Hyde Beach and Skybar at Mondrian, SBE in 2016 unveiled South Beach's newest rooftop bar, The Cape. Boasting an approachable nightlife experience, with beach bungalow inspired décor, the boho chic rooftop offers 360 degree views of South Beach. Head to The Cape, seven days a week from 6 pm to 2 am, to enjoy expertly mixed craft cocktails, beers and live entertainment.
To see Miami from every angle, take the elevator of EAST, Miami to the 40th floor and step inside Sugar, an Asian-inspired rooftop bar and garden. Once here, you can cool off with exotic cocktails such as Lychee Blossom, A Night in Hong Kong or the Sesame Sling as well as savor a few of their Asian-style tapas.
Raise your glass and kiss the sky from Miami's 24/7 nightlife venue, E11EVEN. Communal tables, sofa seating and a fire-pit for those rare wintry Miami days are arranged in the outdoor terrace which has been host to the Billboard Latin Music Awards and the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
Nestled in between office buildings, courthouses and banks is Pawn Broker, a stylish Prohibition-themed rooftop cocktail lounge. Part speakeasy, part chic lounge, Pawn Broker attracts to the 1925 Beaux Arts bank turned boutique hotel, everyone from bankers to locals, for a taste of its signature drink, Giggle Water, a gin cocktail served in a miniature bathtub with lavender foam.
The Betsy Hotel has been luring the artsy crowd since its inception in the 1940s. The boutique hotel, originally designed by jazz musician and architect L. Murray Dixon, maintains a sedate approach to its spaces with soft lighting and music. Head to the Oceanfront Deck after the sun sets to enjoy light fare, refreshing tropical fruit smoothies and the full service bar.
Score! For a mere $25 non-hotel guests at W Miami can enjoy the jaw-dropping vistas from the 50th floor cocktail lounge and WET deck. Known as the ‘Manhattan of the South,’ the Brickell-area is among Miami's buzz-worthy neighborhoods filled with top-notch shopping and dining.